Producer: Eminem
Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Label: Aftermath/Shady/Interscope
Fif wasn't kidding. After getting shot and dropped (from the label) in 2000, he had been waiting to get put back on the major level again. (We wouldn't say he was patient; G-Unit had been busy revolutionizing the mixtape game.) It took two visionaries from outside the Empire State to sign him. So when he shouted out his "favorite white boy" at the start of this song and told him, "I owe you for this one," he meant the second opportunity, as well as the blazing track Em created. No longer necessary to be patient, 50 exploded: "If I get shot today, my phone will stop ringing again/These industry niggaz ain't friends/They know how to pretend." The sonic cue of the operating-room blip during Em's verse seemed to subliminally suggest that 50 had been reborn and the game wouldn't be the same. Curtis and Marshall would prove to be great allies. This was only the beginning.